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Feb 24, 2016

Could SKIN CELLS help cure brain tumors?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists at the University of North Carolina have turned skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells (in green) that destroy brain tumors (pink) — a discovery that could lead to the first treatment in more than 30 years.

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Feb 24, 2016

These headphones apparently make your brain release happy drugs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Headphone that releases dopamine.


They claim to stimulate dopamine release.

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Feb 24, 2016

Japanese men aren’t having sex with real women anymore

Posted by in category: sex

Rinko


They’ve turned their attention to a virtual one instead. http://voc.tv/14JQHoo

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Feb 24, 2016

Facebook can map more of Earth in a week than we have in history

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Facebook’s incredible mapping feat shows that neural networks are starting to do serious volumes of work seriously fast. Here’s why it matters.

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Feb 24, 2016

Why Self-Driving Cars Really Shouldn’t Ever Have Steering Wheels

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The head of Google’s self-driving car division made headlines recently for asking federal regulators to permit a vehicle without human-facing features like a steering wheel. Now he’s made a very good case for why no autonomous vehicle should have these things at all.

In an interview with NPR that aired today, Google’s Chris Urmson hit home the point that it’s simply not a good idea to any to have any kind of human-oriented controls in self-driving cars:

You wouldn’t imagine that in the back of a taxi, we put an extra steering wheel or brake pedal there for the passenger to grab ahold of anytime. It would just be crazy to think about doing that. But at the same time, I could imagine that there are vehicles where most of the days you don’t really want to drive it, so let it take you to and from work in the morning, for example, but on the weekend when you get a chance to get out onto some open road, that you might enjoy driving in that location. But I think the idea that you want the person to jump in who hasn’t been paying attention or maybe had a couple of drinks with dinner and then jump in to override is probably not the right idea.

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Feb 24, 2016

These are the technologies that can help achieve the cancer moonshot

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, robotics/AI

Nice — Liquid biopsies, AI therapy, silico trials, precision surgery.


Negotiations and collaborations are launching now to decide which research trends and areas deserve the most support. Only disruptive innovations will be able to transform the status quo in cancer, leading patients to get more personalized and faster cancer care, while letting physicians do their job more effectively. Here are the technologies and trends that could help achieve the cancer moonshot.

Prevention and diagnosis

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Feb 24, 2016

IBM’s Latest Watson API Release Redefines How People and Machines Interact

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

New Watson API Rel.


The lines are beginning to become blurred as machines gain artificial intelligence capabilities based on Watson’s popular API set.

IBM has just announced the beta release of three new APIs, which could help revolutionize the way we interact with machines. The APIs are called Tone Analyzer, Emotion Analysis and Visual Recognition.

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Feb 24, 2016

CIOs admit they are blind to cyber threats despite security spend

Posted by in categories: encryption, security

Is it time to relook at the CIO role requirements to include some level of CISO/ CSO experience?


Many of the security defences that companies invest in are blind to encrypted traffic and untrustworthy digital certificates, a study reveals.

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Feb 24, 2016

Testing quantum theory in a photon pair experiment

Posted by in category: quantum physics

A new set of measurements provides the tightest ever constraint for the Bell parameter, which constitutes the closest ever approach to the Tsirelson bound.

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Feb 24, 2016

Vacation Rentals on the Moon? NASA Plans Human Outpost in Space

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, habitats, space

Scientists see cislunar outpost as critical to advancing future Mars missions.

NASA researchers based in Colorado are devising efforts to build a human outpost in cislunar space — the region around the moon. Unfortunately for fans of space tourism, these outposts are not designed to be the Airbnb of tomorrow. Rather, the habitats are to be used as in-between points to facilitate travel to near-Earth asteroids or Mars.

Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Projects are researching life-support needs, updating astronaut radiation protection, and rethinking communication systems, to enhance the habitability of orbital communities parked in cislunar space.

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